Your Darjeeling Gangtok tour starts with your arrival at Bagdogra Airport or New Jalpaiguri Railway Station. From here, our representative will be assisting further in your journey to Gangtok, which is a mystical hill station in the Himalayas of the North-East.
The drive to Gangtok takes around 5 hours (approx.). You will be transferred to the hotel in Gangtok. Complete the check-in formalities and relax. The rest of the time is at your leisure. You can explore nearby attractions, which are within walking distance. This will be followed by an overnight stay in your hotel.
Distance from Bagdogra Airport/ New Jalpaiguri Railway Station to Gangtok: 120 km
Travel Time: 5 hours (approx.)
Optional: Sightseeing (charges extra)
Wake up to a hearty breakfast and embark on a sightseeing tour of Gangtok. You will be heading towards the popular Tsomgo Lake and Baba Mandir. Tsomgo is a beautiful glacial lake, which holds a spiritual significance. A temple is situated on the bank of the lake, dedicated to Lord Shiva.
After spending a wonderful time at the breathtaking Tsomgo Lake, you will start your journey to Baba Harbhajan Singh Mandir, which is located nearby. The temple was constructed to commemorate an army martyr, Major Harbhajan Singh. Major Harbhajan Singh was an Indian army officer as well as a saint. Army personnel believe that his spirit protects them. The temple is nestled at an altitude of around 4000 meters, high up in the hills.
Post that, return to Gangtok and spend the rest of the time at your wish. The evening is free for shopping. You can visit MG Road and Lal Bazaar that are the foreign-style local markets. You can buy wall paintings, carpets, tea, Sikkimese traditional dress, etc.
By evening, return to your hotel. Call it a day and spend the night at leisure.
Note: Tour to Nathula Pass (14,000 ft.) on the India-China border can also be arranged (except Monday and Tuesday) for Indian Nationals at an additional cost.
Greet your day with a toothsome breakfast and start with another sightseeing tour of the Gangtok. Visit Tashi Viewpoint, and catch enchanting views of the surroundings. Proceed to Ganesh Tok, a small temple atop the hill that offers breathtaking views of Kanchenjunga hill. Seek blessings here and head towards Banjhakri Falls. Surrounded by lush greenery and beautifully landscaped gardens. Banjhakri Falls is a beautiful and relaxing place.
Later visit Cottage Industry and Do-Drul Chorten. The latter is one of the most prominent stupas in Sikkim. It has 108 Mani Lhakor (prayer wheels) engraved with the mantras, which can be chanted while rotating them.
Post that, you will be visiting the Research Institute of Tibetology, Directorate of Handicrafts and Handlooms, Chorten and Orchid sanctuary. In the evening, return to the hotel for a sound sleep.
Wake up to a scrumptious breakfast and complete the check-out formalities. Today, you will be transferred to Darjeeling, the queen of the hills, famous for its scenic Himalayan trenches and sprawling tea estates.
Here you also have the luxury of exploring its breathtaking beauty of the surroundings on the UNESCO acclaimed Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, which is famous as the toy train. In a few hours, you will be entering the mesmerizing realms of Darjeeling town.
On arrival, complete the check-in formalities at the hotel, and relax for a while. The rest of the day will be free, so you can spend it at leisure or choose to walk out to the local market or a shopping mall.
When the night falls, slip into your cozy bed at the hotel for a restful sleep.
Distance from Gangtok to Darjeeling: 115 km
Travel Time: 4 hours (approx.)
Wake up early in the morning and start your day fresh with a mountain trip to Tiger Hill. Being the highest point of Darjeeling, Tiger Hill offers some of the best sights of the Himalayas, which are apt to be visited early in the morning. Imagine yourself standing in front of the mighty Kanchenjunga peak, the snow-clad peaks of which are turning golden due to the rising sun. This panoramic view is the best introduction of Tiger Hill.
Thereafter, drive back to your hotel for a hearty breakfast and get ready for a Darjeeling tour. Visit Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park where you will get an opportunity to see the rare collection of high Himalayan species like Snow leopard, clouded Leopard, Siberian Tiger, Tibetan wolf, and many rare mammals and birds.
Then visit the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute to see a priceless collection of mountaineering gears. After that, you will get a chance to visit the lush green tea estates. Sip on famous Darjeeling tea and revive your senses.
Also, visit the incredible Ghoom Monastery and Batasia Loop. One of the oldest Tibetan Buddhist monasteries in Darjeeling, Ghoom Monastery is renowned for its huge statue of Lord Buddha. Visit the Peace Pagoda and the Tibetan Refugee Self Help Centre, which was established in 1959. The production of Tibetan handicraft is the major activity here.
After having an action-packed day, return to your hotel and relax.
Note: Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park and Himalayan Mountaineering Institute are closed on Thursdays.
This is the last day of the Darjeeling Gangtok tour package. Pack your bags and post breakfast, check out from the hotel. You will have an assisted transfer to the New Jalpaiguri railway station/Bagdogra airport for your journey back home.